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All Wii Remotes are recalled

Nintendo today announced that the company will replace some 3.2 million Wii Remote wrist straps after receiving numerous reports of the straps breaking sending the controller flying. Nintendo will allow customers to exchange their failure-prone wrist straps with a new beefier strap that is about double the thickness of the original.

There have been numerous reports of straps breaking sending remotes through TVs, windows and other expensive items. Nintendo responded to the Wii Remote madness by issuing a response in writing concerning the proper use of the remote. A few days later, Nintendo began making revisions to the Wii Remote in the form of a beefier wrist strap.

The new wrist strap is already included with the latest machines shipped, but Nintendo estimates that it may have to replace up to 3.2 million wrist straps, costing the company several million dollars. The old straps, which were found to be especially prone to breaking, had a 0.6 millimeter string diameter, while the new replacement strap features a diameter of 1 millimeter.

"People tended to get a bit excited, especially while playing Wii sports, and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands," company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said. "The new strap will be almost twice as thick."

Nintendo has setup an online replacement form for Wii customers so that they can get replacements for their Wii Remote straps. Shipments will begin on December 21 and it will take 5 to 9 days to receive replacements.

The company also announced today that it is recalling 200,000 AC adapters for the DS and DS Lite in the Japanese market.



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RE: Good
By aGreenAgent on 12/15/2006 5:44:42 PM , Rating: 3
Well, your last statement is just as far from being objective.

Regardless of if/when Nintendo screwed up something related to the Wii, Sony messed up enough that they've gone from a publicly well-liked company to one that is causing a backlash.

The strap on the remote is even a feature. Most people I know just took theirs off to begin with. So yes, it's bad that Nintendo put on a strap that couldn't handle people throwing the Wiimote full speed (which it may or may not have been designed to do - but they probably should have anticipated people doing it), it's not a big deal, since you can just hold onto the remote like you're supposed to.

Anyway, my point is that there is a bit of a bias towards the Wii, but it's not undeserved. A couple years ago you couldn't get people to say anything good about Nintendo, only how the GameCube should be their last console.

Nintendo pulled themselves up and made people like them again. Sony had everybody liking them then threw it away. People aren't biased because they're stupid or something, it's because Sony has been seemingly trying to anger their customers with lousy products and arrogant press statements, and Nintendo issued a recall over something as inconsequential as a wrist strap.


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